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Old 23 Jun 2018, 18:30 (Ref:3832712)   #16
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He will head the parade lap, duh!
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Old 24 Jun 2018, 14:02 (Ref:3832848)   #17
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IndyCar won't return to Phoenix in 2019 — the race simply didn’t attract enough fans over the past three years. Story per Racer here.
I'm not really surprised, it was a three year contract and the racing wasn't outstanding. Maybe a 5 year contract would have been better, especially with the introduction of the UAK but that's hindsight talking.
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Old 24 Jun 2018, 14:20 (Ref:3832855)   #18
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The Stiges-Terramar oval! :P

There are big Spanish companies who could do it, say Santander, Movistar or Meliá.

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The Stiges-Terramar oval! :P

There are big Spanish companies who could do it, say Santander or Movistar.
Somehow I doubt it.
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Old 24 Jun 2018, 14:38 (Ref:3832865)   #20
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The last race held there was in the 1950s, since then it's been abandoned.
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That would b f***ing EPIC!
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I'm not really surprised, it was a three year contract and the racing wasn't outstanding. Maybe a 5 year contract would have been better, especially with the introduction of the UAK but that's hindsight talking.
Me neither, Phoenix round was never a great success. Dull racing and crowds were around 7k, I think.

The empty slot between March and April will be hard to fill. There aren't so many tracks suitable (weather-wise) for open wheel racing during that time of the year.
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Me neither, Phoenix round was never a great success. Dull racing and crowds were around 7k, I think.

The empty slot between March and April will be hard to fill. There aren't so many tracks suitable (weather-wise) for open wheel racing during that time of the year.
It only makes sense to me, and I'm no logistical expert, to bump the opening st. Pete round to a week or two later and then go directly to Barber instead of Florida West Coast back to almost Florida. Late March early April in NE Alabama can be sketchy at times but when it's not, it's beautiful.

Also, not sure if Homestead is even in contention but a Southeastern swing in the springtime could be an interesting proposition . losing a Southwest oval and adding Homestead to Barber and Saint Pete????
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It only makes sense to me, and I'm no logistical expert, to bump the opening st. Pete round to a week or two later and then go directly to Barber instead of Florida West Coast back to almost Florida. Late March early April in NE Alabama can be sketchy at times but when it's not, it's beautiful.

Also, not sure if Homestead is even in contention but a Southeastern swing in the springtime could be an interesting proposition . losing a Southwest oval and adding Homestead to Barber and Saint Pete????
St. Pete would have to be two weeks later to avoid a conflict with Sebring, which is the third Saturday in March. And yes, IndyCar does go out of its way to avoid racing the Sebring weekend.
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St. Pete would have to be two weeks later to avoid a conflict with Sebring, which is the third Saturday in March. And yes, IndyCar does go out of its way to avoid racing the Sebring weekend.
Ah yes and that makes sense.
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The big problem is the long off season, mainly because IndyCar doesn't want to clash with the NFL. The other problem recently, has been an early season start at St. Pete, followed by almost a month until Phoenix.
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The big problem is the long off season, mainly because IndyCar doesn't want to clash with the NFL. The other problem recently, has been an early season start at St. Pete, followed by almost a month until Phoenix.
They play too much into the football deal, which is BOTH college and NFL - otherwise, they'd be running Saturday night races. Two races in September won't be any better or worse watched / attended than they are now...

What would be better? A June and LM break, 2 races prior to Sebring followed by a Sebring / March break or 6 months straight with no racing?
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Late March early April in NE Alabama can be sketchy at times but when it's not, it's beautiful.
OT: I've always found it very strange move, when the NASCAR race in Atlanta was scheduled in late February. Though they had pretty good weather in 2016 and 2017.
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OT: I've always found it very strange move, when the NASCAR race in Atlanta was scheduled in late February. Though they had pretty good weather in 2016 and 2017.
It snowed at one of the March races. Late March "should" be fine. Or, it would be a little twisty. IE, Tornadoes....
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